I have had insomnia issues for about 15 years. Before essential oils, I was taking two presectiptions and an over-the-counter medication just to fall asleep. Essential oils have helped me get more sleep than I have in years.
Which Oils to Choose
Many people find that different oils and combinations work best for them. Feel free to play around with different combinations and find what works best for you.
1. Lavender: Lavender has been used to treat insomnia, restlessness, nervousness and depression. It can be effective for all types of insomnia. Many medical studies have shown the positive effects of lavender on sleep quality.
2. Cedarwood: The scent of cedarwood has been shown to release serotonin, which can convert to melatonin in the brain. Melatonin helps trigger fatigue and helps induce a calm, restful sleep.
3. Valerian: Valerian has been used for insomnia, depression, and anxiety. It seems to work as a sedative on the brain and central nervous system. Valerian helps people fall and stay asleep.
4. Vetiver: Vetiver is used for anxiety and nervousness and can help with insomnia relating to mental alertness or agitation.
5. Roman Chamomile: Researchers claim that Roman Chamomile works as a mild sedative and helps relax muscles. It's also commonly used for indigestion.
6. Marjoram: Marjoram has a wide variety of uses, including to ease sleep disorders, muscle spasms, depression, headaches and nerve pain.
Going with blends helps to keep things simple. These are pre-mixed bottles of essential oils, so that you don't need to count drops from multiple bottles.
7. Stress Away: Contains copaiba, lime, cedarwood, vanilla, ocotea and lavender, The addition of ocotea can help lower blood pressure and aid in relaxation. This is my personal favorite.
8. Peace & Calming II: Contains Tangerine, Orange, Ylang ylang, Patchouli, Northern lights black spruce, Matricaria, Vetiver, Cistus, Bergamot, Cassia, and Davana. This isn't my personal favorite, but many people swear by it. I have used this on my puppy (I put a drop on her head and sometimes on her paws) and have seen her go for running laps around the house to a calm, snuggly puppy in minutes.
9. RutaVaLa: This blend of rue, valerian and lavender is good for relaxation and stress relief.
10. Tranquil Roll-on:Contains lavender, cedarwood and roman chamomile. Comes in a convenient roll-on bottle for topical application.
Others: German Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, SleepyIze (out of stock), Bergamot, Frankincense
How to Use
Try mixing and matching your own blends from the oils above or use one of the combos below. Use 3-10 drops in your diffuser. Following the instructions on your diffuser for correct water measurements.
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Roman Chamomile
2 drops Marjoram
4 drops Stress Away
2 drops Frankincense
Night Time Blend
3 drops Cedarwood
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Lime
Peace & Calming
2. Bubble bath
Check out this DIY Calming Sleepy Time bubble bath via Hello Glow
3. Topical application
Essential oils work well when applied topically. I wear Stress Away on my wrists every night and cedarwood on my forehead and the bottom of my feet. Sometimes I use the Tranquil Roll-on the wrists, neck and temples.Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Peace & Calming are popular choices. RutaVaLa is another great choice, but is currently out of stock.
4. Linen spray
Check out this Lavender Linen spray recipe via Back to Her Roots
5. Shower bomb
For those of us who prefer showers over baths, try these shower bombs.
These are great for congestion too!. You can play around with the recipe using the essential oils above. I like to do a Ylang Ylang - bergamot - marjoram blend or a lavender - cedarwood blend.
Alternately, you can put a few drops of essential oils on a washcloth. Place it on the shower floor,out of the direct water stream. This keeps the essential oils from just washing down the drain.
6. Massage oil
Check out this homemade muscle relaxing massage oil recipe. It's especially beneficial if tension is preventing you from getting a good night's sleep.
7. Relaxing lotions
Make some awesome body butters for a good night's rest. This is my favorite recipe. Try the All is Calm blend or, my personal favorite, Comfort & Joy (I LOVE bergamot!)
8. Bath salts
Epsom salt are great for easing tense muscles. Adding in essential oils makes it even more relaxing.
Check out One Essential Community's relaxing bath salt recipes.
9. Make a reed diffuser
Reed diffusers are a great way to get aromatherapy benefits without purchasing a diffuser. Follow the instructions at One Essential Community.
10. SleepEssence capsules
Still not getting any sleep? Try Young Living's SleepEssence. These soft gel capsules combine melatonin with an essential oil blend (lavender, vetiver, valerian, rue and tangerine) to help you get the best sleep! This stuff is thebomb.com
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